MMA Fighting has Canelo Alvarez vs. Dmitry Bivol live round-by-round updates from one of the best boxing fights of the year Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The main event will begin around 11 p.m. ET. Check out our Canelo vs. Bivol results page to find out what happened on the undercard.
Alvarez (57-1-2), who is expected to earn $15 million for the fight before PPV sales, is competing for the first time this year. He knocked out Caleb Plant in his last outing last November.
Dmitry Bivol (19-0), who is expected to earn around $2 million for the fight before PPV sales, will also enter the ring for the first time this year. Bivol defends his WBA light heavyweight title in the contest.
Check out the Canelo vs Bivol main event live blog below.
The undercard is over and the headlining will begin shortly.
The champion, Dmitry Bivol comes out first.
Canelo Alvarez is now available for a wonderful cover of Europe’s The final Countdown.
Round 1: Bivol gets the jab right out of the gate. Canelo approaches with hooks, but he has a lot of distance to go. Bivol has just pecked Canelo’s guard. Canelo to the body. Bivol keeps a steady stream of punches bouncing off Canelo’s arms. A Bivol jab passes. Canelo closes the distance, but Bivol comes down the ropes and handles the pressure well. Not too many to score for now.
MMA Fighting scores round 10-9, Bivol.
2nd round: Bivol still pumps that jab. He doesn’t want to give Canelo a second to think. Bivol scores with a 1-2. Canelo gets inside and narrowly misses with an uppercut. Bivol’s quick hands keep Canelo on the defensive. Canelo throws a hard left to the body. Canelo’s right hook to the body, then another left. Canelo lands a right to the body. Bivol responds with a three-hit combo. Bivol warned for a push. Canelo sneaks in another left hook to the body. Bivol’s jab is there, but he needs to start throwing to do damage and not just feel Canelo.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Canelo. Overall, 19-19.
Round 3: Bivol dodges a body shot from Canelo. He lands a shot to the body himself, which gives him an opening for a 1-2 that lands on Canelo. Canelo wants to land an uppercut, but it’s blocked. Bivol increases the output and he scores with straight punches. Canelo then responds that Bivol’s back is on the ropes, but he still defends well. Lands a left for Bivol after a brief flurry from Canelo. Canelo is looking for that uppercut, Bivol isn’t letting it pass yet. There is a shovel uppercut from Canelo which scores. Bivol supports Canelo and connects a few forehands.
MMA Fighting scores round 10-9, Bivol. In total, 29-28 Bivol.
Round 4: Canelo throws big leather, Bivol has good guard and he deflects shots. Canelo punches Bivol’s body. Bivol gets his jab to connect and follows with a right to the body. Bivol scores in the lead, Canelo wants to advance but he has problems. Canelo’s right hand rounds Bivol’s guard, Bivol spins out of there. Bivol puts Canelo against the ropes and he gets to work. Canelo finds a home for that uppercut at the end of the round.
MMA Fighting scores round 10-9, Bivol. Overall, 39-37 Bivol.
Round 5: Bivol’s jab still causes problems for Canelo. Canelo steps forward, however. Canelo with a good overhand right, but Bivol responds emphatically with a combination as Canelo leans on the ropes. Canelo tells him to bring it, but Bivol doesn’t bite. Bivol has Canelo stuck at a distance. Jab, jab, then a left to the body by Bivol.
MMA Fighting scores round 10-9, Bivol. In total, 49-46 Bivol.
Round 6: Canelo lands a jab as he looks to match Bivol’s activity. He pushed forward, but Bivol scores with a combination. Canelo throws hard, but doesn’t leave a clean landing. Canelo’s uppercut is blocked. Bivol scores Canelo with a body shot. Canelo with a right to the body. The defense of Bivol is however at the rendezvous. Canelo lands a jab. Canelo on the ropes, waiting for Bivol to get close enough for a counter. Bivol paws just with this shot, Canelo defends well, but does not reply.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Canelo. Overall, 58-56 Bivol.
Round 7: Bivol throws the jab, Canelo with a good nod but he doesn’t avoid everything. Bivol backs Canelo up with the jab and he fires straight punches in there. Canelo wants to fight, but Bivol doesn’t cooperate. Bivol wins a trade and brings the fight back to the center of the ring. Canelo’s big shots are all glove.
MMA Fighting scores round 10-9, Bivol. Overall, 68-65 Bivol.
Round 8: Canelo pumps in the jab and he takes Bivol into the ropes. Fighters are warned to be wary of a clash of heads. Canelo was throwing hooks, putting the pressure on, Bivol keeping his guard high and tight. He counters with a 1-2, burst against the ropes, then Bivol scores with a left hook to the chin. Canelo just hangs around the corner, Bivol remains patient as he keeps his shot there. Canelo scores to the body. Canelo with a 1-2 in the middle. Bivol pushes an aggressive Canelo down. Quick uppercut from Bivol, but he’s again warned to push Canelo’s head down.
MMA Fighting scores round 10-9, Bivol. Overall, 78-74 Bivol.
Round 9: Canelo immediately rushes forward. Bivol restores distance and jabs again. Bivol to the body. Canelo ducks and dodges Bivol’s punches, but he doesn’t push back. Canelo to the body. Bivol just keeps the gloves. Canelo definitely scores with some of those punches up close. Canelo rips the body. Jab for Bivol.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Canelo. Overall, 87-84 Bivol.
Round 10: Bivol’s busy hands to open the 10th. Canelo again with plenty of head and body movement, but little offense. Bivol with a good jab. Canelo hits the body but takes a 1-2 high in response. Bivol pressing with the jab, Canelo for a corner. Canelo tries to counter but Bivol beats him with a right punch to the jaw. Canelo circling as Bivol maintains a steady stream of straight punches coming.
MMA Fighting scores round 10-9, Bivol. Overall, 97-93 Bivol.
Round 11: Canelo stays in Bivol’s face and he wants to attack the body, but Bivol is right there with counter punches. Canelo has his hands low and Bivol uses a jab to set up a scoring combo. Canelo with hooks to the body. Counter left scores for Bivol. Canelo looks frustrated and he just took Bivol to the mat after Bivol had a headlock. Bivol shoots with confidence now that his shots are going through. Canelo splits the guard with a right, but it seemed too little too late.
MMA Fighting scores round 10-9, Bivol. Overall, 107-102 Bivol.
Round 12: Canelo pressing forward, he must know he’s down on the card. Bivol doesn’t just rest, he triples on the jab and connects. Canelo with aggressive bodywork. Against left by Bivol. It does a great job inside. Canelo sticks to body work. Bivol blasts Canelo with a jab and lands a few more as Canelo tries to get his hands on it. The champion has released his guard so well. Canelo returns to the uppercut, but it is forbidden. Bivol’s jab brings it home and it should be a win for him. Impressive work.
MMA Fighting scores round 10-9, Bivol. Overall, 117-111 Bivol.
Official result: Dmitry Bivol defeated. Canelo Alvarez by unanimous decision (115-113, 115-113, 115-113)
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